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Hard times toughened Virginia for title run

Thursday, June 25, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. — Winning, and winning big, has been the standard for the Virginia baseball program since coach Brian O’Connor took over in 2004, and no excuses were allowed when the most trying circumstances cropped up. The Cavaliers entered the season without six everyday players and four key relief pitchers from the team that was College World Series runner-up to Vanderbilt. But with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes … 0

Denver beats Maryland 10-5 for 1st NCAA men’s lacrosse title

Monday, May 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — When Bill Tierney left Princeton for the University of Denver, he knew and understood he would face some criticism. Tierney won six titles in men’s lacrosse with the Tigers, but he left to build something with the Pioneers. On Monday, he reached his destination and Denver won its first NCAA lacrosse … 0

Maryland wins 2nd straight NCAA women’s lacrosse title

Sunday, May 24, 2015

CHESTER, Pa. — Taylor Cummings and Megan Whittle led Maryland to its second straight NCAA women’s lacrosse title and record 12th overall, each scoring three goals in the Terrapins’ 9-8 comeback victory over North Carolina on Sunday night. Maryland (21-1) overcame a three-goal halftime deficit, the largest halftime deficit ever for a winning … 0

Huskies, Irish shooting for title tonight

Monday, April 6, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — The women’s basketball championship game will have a familiar feel to it with UConn and Notre Dame playing for a title for the second straight year. Unlike last season’s game when much of the conversation building up to the matchup of undefeated teams was about … 0

Notre Dame, UConn win to set up title showdown

Sunday, April 5, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — All-American Jewell Loyd scored 22 points and Madison Cable’s only basket of the game lifted Notre Dame to a 66-65 victory over Final Four newcomer South Carolina in the national semifinals on Sunday night. The … 0

Duke, Wisconsin step into spotlight in NCAA title game

Sunday, April 5, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Duke languished in the shadows of Kentucky all season, the big blue juggernaut that nobody seemed to be talking about. It was a rarity for a program with such a championship pedigree, not to mention a … 0

Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison apologizes for inexcusable obscenity, slur

Sunday, April 5, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison apologized Sunday for directing an obscenity and a racial slur at Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky during a postgame news conference at the Final Four. Harrison muttered “F--- that n----” into a live microphone … 0

Kentucky tries to keep things perfect vs Wisconsin

Friday, April 3, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Next in the way of Kentucky’s perfect season: Frank the Tank and his fun-loving band of Wisconsin teammates. Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky and the Badgers were so loose they were giggling on the podium during their interviews Friday, answering questions about what they eat … 0

Blue Devils, Spartans take on undercard feel at Final Four

Friday, April 3, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Any other year, this would probably be the premier matchup of the Final Four. On one bench sits top-seeded Duke and its record-setting coach, Mike Krzyzewski. On the other is upstart Michigan State and Tom Izzo, … 0

UConn’s Stewart halfway to goal of 4 national titles

Friday, April 3, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Breanna Stewart made it very clear from the start that her ultimate goal is to win four national championships at UConn. That’s more than just being bold, confident or ambitious — it’s downright unheard of, even at Connecticut. Or maybe it isn’t so far-fetched. The … 0

When free throws turn foul: Spartans shaky from the line

Thursday, April 2, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — If the Final Four comes down to free throws, Tom Izzo may want to cover his eyes. Michigan State made it this far in spite of its poor foul shooting, but despite his best efforts, the … 0

Coach K adapts to ‘one-and-done’ world

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. — There was a time when Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski led Final Four teams built around players who stayed for years to grow into tournament-tested veterans. No longer, not in today’s one-and-done world in which top players rarely stick around long. The Blue Devils enter this week’s … 0

Big Ten shines brightly with Final Four in its own backyard

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MADISON, Wis. — After Michigan State clinched a spot in the Final Four last weekend, Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker wrote something on Twitter that packed as much of a punch as one of his dunks. “The Big Ten had … 0